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post #1 of 11
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so i found a drum that contained orange juice or apple juice i cant remember, burned it out, and all the paint on the outside burned off, but on the inside there's still some reddish brown color.  is this a "liner"?  since it's already been exposed to intense heat, (it was glowing red in places when i burned it) do i still need to remove this?  could i just paint over with some grill paint?

post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 

and if i need to grind, do i just use a wire wheel or what?

post #3 of 11

I would suggest wire brushing it down to bare metal who knows what's left in there and what it may impart into the food your trying to smoke.

post #4 of 11

I would get ALL the evil red liner out completely. And never put paint of any kind on the inside of the drum.


Wire wheel seems to be what most people use.

post #5 of 11
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if i'm down to bare metal, how do i prevent rust?

post #6 of 11

Coat it with cooking oil and heat it to season the smoker and stop rust from forming

post #7 of 11

Just wondering out loud here. Has anyone tried to use a cheep sandblaster to remove the red death epoxy? Shells, glass, or sand?

post #8 of 11

i have not, however ive been tempted to try. i have tried heavy duty epoxy and paint remover.... didn't even phase it tho. man that is some mean stuff!

post #9 of 11

I have had my drum blasted with sand. It looks nice and shiny,ready for the seasoning. I'll be using Lard,or Crisco for this; then after the second seasoning I'll do a Fatty to celebrate Her birth.

Back to the blasting,my buddy used glass,you can see where he got close and the beads cracked and scratched the metal. Probably hold the patina better!

All I have done is wash it out under pressure and good to too! bartered a slab of spares for the job.

Have fun and,

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

did you power wash after a seasoning?  seems like you'd have to dry it pretty quick to keep from oxidizing on the surface of that newly exposed metal.  i found a guy to sandblast for 30 bucks, is that reasonable?  i'd pay that much just to not have to borrow a grinder and work in this temendous heat.

post #11 of 11

Wes, you don't want to wash it after you season it, that is the whole point of seasoning, it starts the base coat of smokey goodness. I Burned my drum out, ran the wire wheel, then did a second burn, ran the wire wheel again, then washed it with soap and water, then it took me about two weeks to get it finished up, there was minimal oxidation inside (if any) when I seasoned it. I just used a can of cheap Pam spray oil and ran the drum hot for about 2 hours, then ramped it down to 250* and threw in a fattie, I have never looked back, all I have to do now is vacuum out the ashes and clean the cooking grates. I actually haven't painted the outside yet, it has been 7 months and it is sort of rusted, but not bad.

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